Safety News

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:04 PM | Anonymous
    Please Join Us for a Free Webinar
    SafeSchools is pleased to present Chris Dorn, an international expert on school terrorism, weapon concealment and detection, and emergency preparedness in this free one-hour webinar, Tuesday April 30th from 10:00 am - noon.  For more information and to register for this webinar, 
    Click Here.
  • Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:34 PM | Anonymous
    We have added a Playground Maintenance Guide with valuable information on maintaining safe playgrounds in our schools.  This guide was provided to us by Recreations brand Group of Oregon, a proud sponsor of OSSOA.  For other valuable information on playground safety, visit the topical resources section of our website.
  • Wednesday, April 03, 2013 12:42 PM | Anonymous
    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.  In the April issue we  focus on safety challenges unique to spring and ODE regulations prohibiting the use of 12-15 person vans when transporting students.   To view the April edition of School Safety MattersClick Here.  Previous editions are available under Newsletters in the topical resources section.
  • Monday, March 04, 2013 12:25 PM | Anonymous
    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees. Click Here for the March edition of School Safety Matters. Previous editions are available under Newsletters in the topical resources section.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:50 PM | Anonymous


    Over 1 MILLION workers suffer back injuries each year, accounting for 1 in 5 workplace injuries *

    4 out of 5 injuries to the lower back result from manual materials handling including lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering.*

    25% of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries and 1/3 of all compensable back injuries could be prevented via ergonomics.*


    Avoid manually lifting and minimize distances loads are lifted and lowered. *

    Improve access to materials being handled, allowing workers to get closer, reducing reaching and twisting.*

    *National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health and Bureau of Labor Statistics


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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2:57 PM | Anonymous
    In response to the increased discussions involving the threat of shootings in schools, we are sharing the following resources with our membership:  Board member John Meyer has summarized his interpretation of the book School Shootings by Joseph Lieberman, an insightful exploration of the root causes and nature of these events. To read John's summary, Click Here.

    We would also like to share power points on School and Law Enforcement Joint Response and Preparing for an Active Threat.

    Finally, we have added a training video on defensive measures for responding to an attack.
  • Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    The 2012-2013 flu season began early this year and has become one of the worst we have seen in years. Click Here for informational, flyers, videos, and other valuable resources for dealing with influenza and other infectious disease outbreaks.

    The following is a message from Kaiser Permanente outlining strategies to protect ourselves and our staff members:

    ”Influenza activity is increasing in Oregon and Washington. With heightened media coverage recently, we are seeing an increase in requests for seasonal flu vaccinations in unprecedented numbers.  And, KPNW facilities (especially our urgent care clinics and the Emergency Department) are also seeing an increasing number of members with influenza-like illness.

    Do what you can to stay healthy

    The flu is spread from person to person, mostly through coughing and sneezing. You can also get a flu virus by touching a contaminated surface.  

              Take these steps to avoid getting and spreading the flu:   Get vaccinated now if you haven’t already. It’s not too late.

              Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Carry an alcohol-based hand gel to use when you can’t wash.

              Cover your cough. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve instead of your hands. If you do use your hands, wash them as soon as you can.

              Avoid touching your face. Flu viruses can spread by touching something or someone that is contaminated and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Keep surfaces clean. Countertops, telephones, toys, cups, sinks, and other items that sick children or adults come in contact with may become contaminated. The FDA recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of bleach with 1 quart of water or using a household sanitizer to help keep surfaces clean. Disinfect sponges frequently by running them through the dishwasher or washing machine or by soaking them in a bleach and water solution.”  

    Here are some additional cold and flu related resources:

  • Monday, January 14, 2013 9:37 AM | Anonymous
    Winter weather creates many safety challenges including slip and fall hazards resulting form accumulating snow. The removal of this snow, however, can expose our employees to risks as well.  Click here for important snow shoveling safety tips.
  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In light of the recent shootings at Portland's Clackamas Town Center, and Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary, are you, like many school administrators across the country, reviewing your school district's Emergency Response Plans and Reunification Plans? It's never too late to start now!

    Your school's Emergency Response Plan is a document that tells everyone--teachers, staff, students, parents and school board members--how your school is planning to react in an emergency, and what everyone's roles are supposed to be to ensure the safety and security of students and staff after an incident. It should also include a communications plan, so information can be delivered to staff, students, parents and the press in an effective manner. Finally, in order for your district to be eligible for some forms of financial assistance after a disaster, your district may be required to show that it has developed and followed these written plans.

    Your school's Reunification Plan is a document that describes what you're going to do after an incident to ensure the students are safely reunited with their families as soon as possible. It can help you not only ensure that your students are given to the right adults, but also help you avoid traffic jams of worried parents blocking access to busses and emergency vehicles, because they'll know what to do and where to go.

    The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) provides districts with lots of assistance to put together their plans.  They have a great page with lots of resources, including a sample School Emergency Operations Plan upon which you can base your own schools' plans.

    In addition, FEMA also has a flyer (in PDF format) called "Preparedness Tips for School Administrators". It contains a good summary of a district's needs, and it contains clickable links to more resources, including message scripts and a sample reunification plan!

    You can access both the FEMA site and the FEMA flyer by clicking on this link to the OSSOA Disaster Resources Page and scrolling down to the bottom of the page!

  • Friday, December 14, 2012 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    We are thinking of those involved in the school shooting in Connecticut with the deepest sympathy. This tragedy is beyond the scope of anything we have experienced before. Our association and membership extends our condolences and any support we can provide.

    Send your condolences to Newtown

    To that end, take a moment to look at your policies, plans of action and emergency protocols to make sure they are up-to-date. We have posted some resources to get you started.

    If you have others that have been helpful to you, let us know. We’ll post them on our site.

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